NTC Vision Night: Removing the Mask

Vision night has become a staple of NTC, where we take some time to dwell in God’s presence and connect with Him outside of a sporting context.

The night began with the announcement of the teams for the upcoming S.P.E.C.I.A.L., which saw the auditorium bursting at the seams with hype and energy. I can honestly say that I have never felt so pumped up for a 24-hour-long competition.

Then the room stilled with songs of worship to praise our Almighty Lord, led by a lovely worship team.

Following this, the mic was leant to AIA National Campus Director Kevin Cuz, who shared some heartfelt and convicting thoughts about living behind a mask. He spoke about the crossroads we face in life, either choosing a path of pleasing God that relies on our own efforts, or a grace-filled path of trusting God where we can live out the person He made us to be. He challenged us to choose the path of trust and lay our masks down at the cross, while the night concluded with a final set of musical numbers.

How beautiful it is that we are made perfect in our brokenness through the power of Jesus Christ.

What I love about vision night is that it often begins with several individuals sitting in front of a stage, and ends with them literally bonded together, arm in arm, left to ponder the awesome power and love of the God who gives us life. Let that unity live on, during the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. and well beyond this camp.

As the night has come to a close, I pray that these athletes may compete in absolute freedom, knowing that they are deeply, deeply loved by our Father.

It was a pretty incredible night. But God’s work is far from over.

By |2018-05-05T00:28:20-04:00May 4th, 2018|

About the Author:

Shayna is a fourth year student studying Communication at the University of Ottawa. As a former competitive swimmer, she spent twelve years racing anywhere between the regional and national levels, spending her final two seasons as a varsity athlete. Shayna discovered AIA during uOttawa Clubs Week in the first week of her first year, and has not looked back since attending her first meeting. Shayna has been a student leader on campus for two years and completed a summer internship with our national Communications team. She has gained a wealth of experience in the field through her school's co-op program, including her time as Swimming Canada's intern during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.